Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The energy surrounding the Indiana football program has been noticeable to the fans, current players, coaches, media, and especially to the recruits traveling to Bloomington this spring. Speaking of the 2017 recruiting class for the Hoosiers, they have gotten off to a fast start with five commitments and a national ranking of 21. The class was jumpstarted with the commitment of Josh Johnson, a wide out from Arkansas back in November.
Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver, was in Bloomington last weekend for the Hoosiers spring practice and he liked what he saw. Johnson "liked the intensity of practice" and said "the coaches have high energy too, which means a lot to me."
Johnson probably compares best to current Hoosier wide receiver Ricky Jones as he can probably play both in the slot or outside. Johnson says he "fits in awesome with the offense, in that they throw the ball and how they are going to use me." He has been clocked with a 4.56 40-yard dash and had an outstanding junior season with 87 receptions for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns.
When asked about if his visit reinforced his beliefs about the Hoosier program Johnson ecstatically responded, "I know 100% I'm coming to IU! I loved it!"
Indiana will have to hold off other schools until next February when he can officially sign with IU. Johnson hold 11 total offers, including ones from schools like Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Illinois, Kansas State, and Vanderbilt among other power-five and group of five schools. He is currently ranked as a three-star prospect and the number four prospect in Arkansas by 247 Sports.